Fodor's Expert Review Marco Polo Mansion

Aghiou Fanouriou 40–42, Rhodes Town, Rhodes, 85100, Greece Fodor's Choice

Entering this renovated 15th-century Ottoman mansion in the maze of the Old Town's colorful Turkish section is like stepping into another world. Individually styled guest rooms come with furnishings often dating back hundereds of years, and are painted in deep-hued warm colors, with Oriental rugs and rare Eastern antiques (including large beds draped with translucent canopies) and surround lush gardens. Floors are rich tile and pitch-pine; embroidered cushions beckon from low sofas; and the scent of orange blossoms fills the air. One room was even a former harem, dating back to when this was under the ownership of a prominent Ottoman official. The clientele tends to be older here, and constant: a steady stream of Italian tourists return time and again, so book far in advance.


  • a quiet, historic retreat in the back alleys
  • breakfast served in the garden is a thing of joy
  • the courtyard restaurant is wonderful


  • rooms are reached via several sets of stairs
  • hotel can only be reached on foot and is tricky to find
  • come here to live like a pasha, not to indulge in modern amenities




Phones: 22410-25562


10 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Apr., Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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